North Carolina native Valeisha Butterfield-Jones has been named National Youth Vote director for the Obama's campaign initiative to re-ignite interest of young people in his re-election campaign.
Butterfield-Jones is the daughter of Congressman G.K. Butterfield and state Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, both of Wilson.
The project, called “Greater Together,” hopes to spark the same sort of enthusiasm among voters that helped elect Barack Obama president in 2008.
Butterfield-Jones is the founder of Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network and served as the executive director of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, a national, non profit organization focused on voter education, registration and GOTV efforts involving young people.
She was married earlier this year to Indiana Pacers professional basketball player Dahntay Jones, a former Duke University basketball player.